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Poster: tristero Date: Jun 16, 2010 11:29am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi & Schlock Fi Wish List - PD?

Sounds completely irresistible.

btw, I noticed in billbarstad's post above that an alternate title of Madmen from Mandoras is "Twisted Brain", which was also the alternate title of another Crown Int'l classic from the 70's, Horror High. It used to air in the wee hours about once a month back in the late 70's/early 80's.

This Twisted Brain is a Jekyll and Hyde tale of a high school nerd who goes after his various tormentors after ingesting a monsterizing potion he brewed up in chemistry class. In the ensuing carnage, a mean teacher is decapitated with a paper-cutter, a sadistic janitor gets dissolved in an acid bath, and so on. All of it delivered up with great low budget energy and enthusiasm.

It would be great if Horror high/Twisted Brain were PD, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 16, 2010 1:23pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi & Schlock Fi Wish List - PD?

Horror High (1974) had its copyright renewed.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000861015 / 2002-01-11
Renewal registration for: PA0000368428 / 1974-03-14 (in notice: 1973)
Title: Horror High. By Horror High, Ltd.
Notes: Motion picture.
Copyright Claimant: Crown International Pictures, Inc. (PWH)

Variant title: Horror High
Other Title: Horror High, Ltd.
Names: Crown International Pictures, Inc.

IMDb had this review/comment posted in 2006 about a new release of the film, set for release in 2008. Amazon says it'll be available Aug. 10, 2010.

Horror High was stolen from the filmmakers thru a device know as a "Hollywood" contract. As the star and one of the filmmakers, I would very much like to see Mark Tensor in court. Horror High Ltd. has not seen one penny from Crown International and it's ring of crooks, and the connection to Rhino (a subsidy of Warners) is ridiculous as well. Crown and Rhino have no rights what so ever to this film or other films in the Horrible Horrors 1 & 2 collections. I urge you to wait for the new transfer that is being made from the directors cut off of the original 1st answer print from the original a/b roll neg. There will be extras and interviews, commentary, and an in-depth statement about Crown International and Mark Tensor's Hollywood thievery and a visit from Veron (after drinking the potion) to Mark Tensor's lair . - Pat Cardi AKA Vernon Potts

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Poster: tristero Date: Jun 16, 2010 2:18pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sci Fi & Schlock Fi Wish List - PD?

What a backstory...I had no idea. I've long associated Crown International with the kind of inversely great schlock that was a staple of that bygone era of movies-till-dawn programming (Nightmare in Wax, Blood of Dracula's Castle, ah, so many memories!).

How disappointing, but I know that sort of unscrupulous maneuvering is par for the course. It's really a shame. I'll definitely be looking for that Pat Cardi-endorsed director's cut when its released. I haven't seen the film in at least 25 years.